Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Connie Chan Strikes Again
Time to bust out the turntable again. The following soundtrack EP for Connie Chan's 1967 film Lady Black Cat Strikes Again (黑野貓霸海揚威) is pretty typical of the eclectic world of early Cantopop, in which an American country & western hit could be casually transformed into the rousing theme song for a crimefighting Hong Kong heroine. Even the seemingly straightforward adaptation of a Spanish waltz reveals the gender-bending influence of Cantonese opera by having Connie sing as both señorita and señor.
If the cool cover art and jaunty songs catch your fancy, then check out my review of the Lady Black Cat movies, both of which are available on DVD.
黑野貓 ("Ghost Riders in the Sky")
西班牙舞曲 ("Spanish Dance")
真情假意 ("Wine & Tea")
銀海風光 ("A Star is Born")
* Back cover of the EP with Chinese lyrics